Arsenal’s injury crisis appears to be clearing *touch wood* with news that Alex Lacazette and Alex Runarsson are clear of Covid-19 and Hector Bellerin and Gabriel are back in training.
It’s unclear at this point whether the quartet will be considered for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with West Bromwich Albion – we suspect Gabriel might need a couple of weeks to build his fitness – but the others could make the trip.
Arsenal’s medical team have also confirmed that Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli have recovered from the cramp that forced them off in Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea.
Having missed the weekend’s game because his visa hadn’t arrived, ‘new’ signing Martin Odegaard will also be available for the trip to the Hawthorns.
Ben White is not available on Wednesday – he’s isolating due to Covid – but there’s a hint he could return for Saturday’s trip to Manchester City. He’s being “continually monitored”.
Eddie Nketiah, linked with Crystal Palace, and Thomas Partey are still working their way back from ankle injuries and won’t feature until after the international break.
The club is still using Covid as a reason for Willian’s continued absence. He’s not been seen since the pre-season friendly defeat to Chelsea over three weeks ago and, given the links with Corinthians, we may never see him again.